SEIU 1021

AFRAM’s SEIU 1021 event explores vital role of Black artists in labor movement


On Friday, March 22, the African American Caucus for SEIU 1021(AFRAM) committee hosted “The Black Artists Who Sparked Organized Labor,” an engaging event featuring renowned activist, author, and historian John William Templeton, who led discussions exploring the vital role of Black artists in shaping the labor movement.

Templeton’s talk delved into the often-overlooked contributions of Black artists to workers’ rights and social justice. Attendees at the event participated in a lively Q&A session, sparking conversations about the intersectionality of race, art, and activism.

All attendees received an autographed copy of Templeton’s book, “Come to the Water – Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco,” extending the educational journey.

“Attending ‘Black Artists Who Sparked Organized Labor’ was a must! It felt like diving into an inspiring history lesson. Learning about Black artists’ role in shaping labor movements was eye-opening and relevant today. I left informed, motivated, and proud to be part of a union celebrating these narratives,” said SEIU 1021 Social and Economic Justice Committee Programs Director and AFRAM Secretary Raina Johnson.

This event underscores SEIU 1021’s commitment to amplifying diverse labor movement voices, fostering solidarity, and advancing inclusivity. 

If you missed it, you can stream the talk HERE.

There is a historical walk with the author on Saturday, April 6, at 11 am at Hyde and Lombard Streets in San Francisco. To RSVP, please click HERE.